As the District results roll in, this article will be updated with the meet links. As for the FACA Rankings, our pollsters will be back with their Pre-Region and Pre-State rankings in the two upcoming weeks. Also, FACA Senior All-Star Watch List #3 will be released post-Region and the final Watch List will be after the State Finals. Also, don't forget to check out our district by district virtual meet coverage all part of our Road To State series.
Florida Track & Field and Cross Country News
In what seemed like a repeat of last week's Metro Conference Championship the Winter Park girls once again dominated while Freedom's Timothy Doyle was the boys winner at the 4A District 4 Championship at Seminole State College in Oviedo. Billy Simpson was on-site and captured all the race video as well as interviews.
Lyman junior Bryce Bell picked up the individual win at the 4A District 2 Championship and helped the Greyhounds to a runner-up trophy behind Winter Springs. Speaking of the Bears, freshman Elayna Bahr picked up her first district crown while Lake Brantley captured the team title. Billy Simpson was on-site and has all the race videos and interviews.
Lincoln freshman Alyson Churchill continued her fantastic season by winning her first district championship at the 3A-3 meet in Tallahassee. Churchill's time of 18:28.87 was more than a minute and a half faster than her nearest competitor. Matthew Cashin of Leon won the boys race while Chiles swept both team trophies. Chris Tucker was on-site and snapped over 400 photos of all the action.
Creekside senior and UF commit Matthew Clark led a trio of boys to go under 16 minutes at the 3A District 4 Championship joining teammate Nick Deal and Matthew Neeley of Bartram Trail. The girl's race was equally exciting with Claire Moritz winning in 18:26.70 ahead of Lauren Stanford and Claire Openshaw who also clocked times under 19 minutes. The Creekside boys and Ponte Vedra girls won the team titles. North Florida correspondent Jacob Fuller was on-site with all the race video and interviews.
Buchholz senior Calum McFetridge clocked his second sub 16 minute time of the season to win the 4A District 1 Championship, but it was Mandarin who put them in a race that saw each team score an identical 54 points. On the girl's side Fletcher senior Kayley Delay and freshman Liberty Pigg went 1-2 to give their squad the team title over Mandarin with 33 points. Ricky Quintana was on-site and recaps the day's events.
Jupiter's Ali Del Re didn't toe the line for this week's 4A District 16 Championship. Instead, Del Re, ranked third in 4A, and the fourth best freshman in the state of Florida was on the sidelines, wearing a boot on her right foot, and cheering on her teammates after a stress fracture in her right ankle caused her to cancel her postseason plans.
After finishing second in 2015, Ferguson junior Guillermo Rojas claimed his first district title by winning the 4A-16 Championship in a PR of 16:29.91. Teri Bernhardt-Rodriguez was on-site and captured this special moment and a total of 305 pictures from the heart of the "305" Larry and Penny Thompson Park in Miami.
The Boyd Anderson Cobras might be known more for their track prowess then on the cross country course, but things are changing. Coach Spann's squad swept both the team titles at the 3A District 15 Championship at Mills Pond Park. It marked the second in the row for the boys and the first for the girls under her tenure. South Florida correspondent Eddie Romero was on-site and has all the race video and interviews.
Tsion Yared and the Pine Crest Panthers showed why they are one of the best teams in 2A and the state and one of the top underclassmen squads in the country. Coach Baur's squad took the top seven spots with the top five four freshmen and one eighth grader. On the boy's side Calvary's Danny Ferro edged out Michael Kennedy of Pine Crest for the win as the Panther's swept team titles. Watch all the race videos & interviews.
Teri Bernhardt-Rodriguez was on-site at 3A District 16 and captured nearly 250 photos including the start of the boy's race that was dominated by the boys of Belen Jesuit who scored a perfect 15 points led by individual winner Joshua Collins. On the girl's side Valerie Lastra dropped a new course record and the ladies of Miami Northwestern edged out Lastra's Mater Academy Charter team.
Teri Bernhardt-Rodriguez was on-site at Larry & Penny Thompson Park in Miami for the 2A District 16 Championship. The Key West boys made the long trip north and came away with the team title. Check out this team photo and over 300 others.
Westminster Academy swept both the individual titles with Patrick Sastre and Jasmine Hincapie as well as the team titles at the 1A District 14 Championship. South Florida correspondent Eddie Romero was on-site and has all the race video and interviews with the winners.
Donald Lamb was on-site at 4A District 5 Championship at St. Cloud and snapped nearly 250 photos including this candid shot of a Bulldog runner smiling for the camera.
Records are meant to be broken. Just ask Mater Academy freshman Valerie Lastra who took down Stephanie Schappert's mark at Larry & Penny Thompson Park in Miami running a very impressive time of 18:17.60 to win the 3A District 16 title.
Just how good are the Trinity Prep boys? The Saints placed runners in each of the top eight spots, and their 1-5 crossed the line at nearly identical times, 0.1 second split, and a team average of 17:16.00. Billy Simpson was on-site and has all the race videos and interviews from 2A District 8.
Having already asserted themselves at the Hillsborough County meet a week ago and all but one meet they competed in this season, the Steinbrenner Warriors swept both boys and girls titles at Al Lopez Park in Tampa.
Teams from Hillsborough County met at the 4A District 6 Championship at Al Lopez Park. Wharton, Plant, and Steinbrenner have seen each other numerous times this season and the rivalry extended with a trip to regional on the line. Andy Warrener was on-site and snapped over 300 photos including this one of the Steinbrenner boys who won the team title.
Both defending district champions from 2015 held serve at Al Lopez Park in Tampa. First up were the girls and while the Academy Jaguars didn't return Greta Dieck to the top of the podium, junior Emma Zazzero came through to win the title for the Jags. Zazzero has emerged as the Jags' top runner in 2016.
The 2A District 10 Championship was one of the smallest this week in the state of Florida, but that didn't stop us from getting coverage! Andy Warrener was on-site at Al Lopez Park and captured nearly 200 photos including this one of the start of the boy's varsity race won by Berkeley Prep's Leo Ochoa.
The 3A District 10 meet was held on a cool morning at Eagle Lake Park in Largo, where runners battled to claim their spots at the 3A Region 3 meet in Estero next week. Osceola's girls took home the title, for the second year in a row, and East Lake's boys won their first district title in school history.
In between coaching for the Clearwater High School cross country teams at the 3A District 10 Championship, Josh Carroll was able to snap over 200 photographs of the runners and awards including this awesome shot of two Tornadoes congratulations each other as they both realize they are headed to regionals and their season will continue. The CHS girls and boys both advanced as teams as well.
3A District 10 at Largo's Eagle Park provided a fantastic battle for second and third in the boy's race, an East Lake sweep in the individual races, and team wins by the Osceola girls and East Lake boys. Check out all the race videos and interviews and see who is moving onto the regional meet next week in Estero.
Florida state cross country district meets got underway this week. The Class 4A District 8 meet kicked off Thursday morning at Taylor Park in Largo. The course at Taylor Park is as straightforward as it gets in cross country. Two laps around the Taylor Reservoir make the course with a slight split to the right for the last 10 meters into the finish line.
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Andy Warrener was on-site at the 4A District 8 Championship at Taylor Park in Largo and captured nearly 300 photos of all the action including the boys race where athletes jostled for position hoping to make it in the top 15 and advance to regionals.
Sue Thomas was on-site at the 2A District 4 Championship in Orange Park, that featured one of the state's top teams in Bolles. The Bulldogs scored a perfect 15 points on the boys side and a near perfect 18 points on the girls side to bulldoze the competition. Check out over 350 photos of all the action as well as the awards.
Billy Simpson gives us an inside look at the Winter Park boys cross country team in this episode of workout Wednesday. Coach Anguish and the Wildcats did 16x400 at a nearby park. The squad looks to qualify for regionals this week as the road to state gets under way.
The state series is under way and we are your one stop shop for virtual meets, results, performances, and content! We take a look at all sixty-four districts in our virtual meet format.
Spanish River freshman Rylee Pustilnik is having a fantastic freshman season and was recently chosen to represent Team USA at the World Maccabiah Games in Israel next July.